Bhubaneswar: The Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme of the Odisha Government has been extended by three years. A proposal in this regard was approved at a meeting of the State Cabinet yesterday, sources said.
Launched before the General Elections in 2019, the KALIA yojana was to conclude on March 31, this year.
A total of 27 proposals received the State Cabinet’s nod yesterday. Due to the ongoing session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly, official announcements were not made as per norms.
As per the decision, the eligible beneficiaries of the KALIA scheme will receive financial assistance of Rs 2,000 twice each year during the next three years on the occasions of Akshaya Tritiya and Nuakhai, sources added.
Through the KALIA scheme, the State Government aims to lend farmers with an all inclusive and flexible support system, ensuring accelerated agricultural prosperity.
- Small and Marginal Farmers are eligible to get benefit under support to cultivators for cultivation.
- Land less agricultural households are eligible to get livelihood support under the scheme.
- Vulnerable agricultural household covering vulnerable cultivators/ landless agricultural labourers are eligible to get financial assistance under the KALIA scheme. Vulnerable cultivators/ landless agricultural labourers include old age, disability, disease or any other reason. Out of the above three components viz., support to cultivators for cultivation, livelihood support for landless agricultural household and financial assistance to vulnerable agricultural household, one beneficiary will avail only one benefit as per the eligibility.